Diocese of Scranton to Host Annual Vocations Golf Classic

Golf-Ball-on-TeeThe Diocese of Scranton will host the eighth annual Vocations Golf Classic will be held Monday, July 10, at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountain Top, to support the St. John Vianney Endowment, which helps foster vocations to the Diocesan priesthood and support seminarians in formation. St. John Vianney is the patron of parish priests.

The captain and crew tournament begins with lunch at 11 a.m. and shotgun start at noon. A reception and awards dinner follows play. To donate or register online, visit www.DioceseofScranton.org and click the “Giving” tab – Vocations Golf; or call the Diocesan Development Office at 570-207-2250.

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera is honorary chair and will be golfing in the captain and crew tournament on the 27-hole course. The day begins with lunch at 11 a.m., shotgun start at noon and reception and awards dinner immediately following play. Rev. Donald J. Williams, diocesan director of vocations and director of seminarians, is event chair.

“I am grateful for the faithful parishioners and friends throughout the 11 counties of the Diocese of Scranton who continue to attend and support this annual event which raises needed funds to foster vocations and assist future priests on their journey to serve our local Church,” said Bishop Bambera.

“As a Diocese, we are blessed with good men in seminarian formation today,” said Rev. Williams. “With the support of our priests, religious and parishioners, we’re identifying a significant number of potential candidates who may one day be of service to the Diocese.”

“I join with our Bishop and the golf committee in urging everyone to consider making a donation honoring a friend or loved one,” the vocations director added. “All gifts in support of our seminarians are appreciated. The tournament provides an opportunity for golfers, sponsors and seminarians to meet informally and enjoy a relaxing day outdoors.”

Donations of any amount are welcome. Hole sponsorships are $100. Golfer packages are $250 and include cart and green fees, lunch, dinner and reception. Donations may be made by texting 51-555 and typing Priest. Information is available by calling the Diocesan development office at 570-207-2250 or on-line at DioceseofScranton.org (Giving tab).

Diocesan Golf Committee 2017

Committee members planning the event in conjunction with the Diocesan Office of Development are, seated from left: Marilouise Agnone Ruane, Director of Stewardship, co-chair; Msgr. Donald McAndrews; Rev. Donald Williams, Director of Vocations and Seminarians, chair; and Msgr. David Bohr, Secretary for Clergy Formation. Standing: Christopher DiMattio, Tom Considine, Dominic Rinaldi, Rev. Jeffrey Walsh, Rev.d David Cappelloni, Michael P. Brown and Jim Bebla, Secretary for Development.

The committee also includes: John Callahan, Karen Clifford, Reverend Joseph Evanko, Deacon Frank Hine, Michele Long, Scott Lynett, Thomas Medico, Attorney Joseph O’Brien, Kathy Oven, Frank Orlando, and Mark Soprano.

Stamp Out Hunger Benefits Keystone Rescue Mission

It is said that if you ‘train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.’

Leonidas Stivala of Olyphant spent a recent Saturday afternoon with his grandmother, Laura Stivala of Dunmore, loading food from the Stamp Out Hunger event through the U.S. Postal Service.

Carrying bags of cereals, soups, pastas and more, the little one is being taught to give to others.  As a new four-year- old, Leonidas enjoys giving to others through the lessons taught to him by his family.

“I need to help the people who need us”, Leonidas exclaimed as he pulled bag after bag through the back of the truck.

The food was donated to the Keystone Rescue Mission. Its Scranton location is located on West Olive Street. They offer spiritual needs as well as those of food and clothing. Dinner is served four days a week.

More information on the Keystone Rescue Mission can be found online at http://www.keystonemission.org.


UNICO Prepares for Annual Charity Fundraiser


Scranton Chapter of UNICO will host its 58th annual charity fundraiser at Genetti’s Manor on Saturday, March 4.

Reservations at $60 per person are required and may be made by calling 570-558-8519. Sponsors may call or contact any Scranton UNICO member. Entertainment will be provided by “The Poets.” Mary Marrara, Jermyn, will be this year’s honoree as UNICAN of the Year.

Members of the sponsor book committee include, from left: Phil Mararra, Joanne Quattrone, cochairman; Linda Stefursky, Dr. Al Giallorenzi, Gail Cicerini, cochairman, and Ed Staback. Chris DiMattio and Jim Brogna, not pictured, chair the sponsor committee.



Reception committee members for the Scranton UNICO charity event include, from left:  Jerry Healey, Bill Buckley and Frank Blasi Sr.



Seating committee members for the 58th annual charity fundraiser sponsored by  Scranton Chapter of UNICO include, from left:  Bill Buckley, Pat Yanni and Frank Blasi Sr.

Not pictured are members Chris DiMattio and Mary Marrara.


Co-chairmen of the UNICO charity fundraiser are, from left: Gail Cicerini and Joanne Quattrone, with Chapter President Jim Baress, and UNICO Board Chairman Dave Bieri.



Basket committee members for the UNICO event include, from left: Rose Blasi, Palma Yanni, Blaise Alan Dente, Patti Montalbano, and Lori Nozzi, cochairmen.